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Vertical Garden Ideas

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Grab your gardening tools. Cathy Isom gives us some tips on how to have everything you want for your spring garden even if space is limited. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Hear Cathy’s report and learn more. ?

Senate Told Action Needed to Address Dairy Safety Net

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Dairy farmers need Congress to make improvements in the dairy title of the farm bill this year, and not wait until 2018 when the current bill expires, according to testimony delivered here today by Kansas dairy farmer Lynda Foster.

In a field hearing Thursday on the campus of Kansas State University, Foster told members of the Senate Agriculture Committee that “dairy farmers deserve better” than the current Margin Protection Program (MPP), created in 2014 by Congress. “We need Congress to act swiftly this year and make the necessary changes in order for our industry to be able to protect ourselves from the bad year that could arrive at any time, even in years where experts are predicting higher margins.” Read the rest of this entry »

Peanut Market Assuming a More Global Identity

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During the recent National Peanut Buying Points Association Convention, attendees heard from a speaker who said the peanut market is becoming ever more dynamic and assuming a more global identity. Tyron Spearman has the story. Read the rest of this entry »

Repellant Could Keep Dangerous Beetles Away From Avocado Trees

By: Brad Buck, University of Florida/IFAS

avocadoUsing some pleasant-smelling chemicals, avocado growers may soon be able to repel beetles that inject a potentially deadly fungus into their trees, saving fruit and money, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers say.

When they’re infected with the laurel wilt fungus, redbay trees – a close cousin to the avocado — emit methyl salicylate to repel redbay ambrosia beetles, the very beetles that gave the trees the fungus in the first place, scientists say in a newly published study. Read the rest of this entry »

Sticker Shock: Examining the Economic Impacts of Land Acquisition in the EAA

Published with permission of the James Madison Institute

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Dr. J. Antonio Villamil

by Dr. J. Antonio Villamil
Founder and Principal of the Washington Economics Group, Inc.

Over the past several years, a policy debate has emerged surrounding the most efficient and effective course of action to address a complex series of challenges regarding the Everglades – its protection, its restoration, and its future. There isn’t a reasonable scientist, economist, or policymaker who would dispute that the issue is complex, complicated, and ultimately involves sensitivities to all stakeholders. Read the rest of this entry »

House Cool to Negron Water Plan

by Jim Turner
The News Service of Florida

water florida rubio Apalachicola bayIt appears doubtful the House will take up, as written, a $2.4 billion proposal by Senate President Joe Negron to buy land south of Lake Okeechobee to ease the impacts of polluted water releases into estuaries on the east and west coasts. Read the rest of this entry »

Beef Safety Research Continues

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The National beef Checkoff program is involved in various efforts, including research of beef safety. In this weeks “Getting to know your beef checkoff” brought to you by your beef checkoff, Cattlemen’s Beef Board CEO Polly Ruhland talks about these efforts to provide consumers a safe product. Read the rest of this entry »

Alabama NRCS Reminds Landowners about Long Leaf Pine Initiative

AlabamaWhile the regional drought monitor looks much better today than it did a few weeks ago, there are still many areas in the Northern half of Alabama in the severe to extreme drought category. And Tim Albritton, state staff forester with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Alabama, knows some forest owners have been able to fair the drought a bit better than others. Read the rest of this entry »

Animal Health Market Forecasted to Reach $58 Billion by 2025

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A new report projects the animal health market will be worth $58.5 billion by 2025. Grand View Research reports the market is driven by technological advancements in veterinary care, which are anticipated to serve future growth opportunities to the market. The research agency says the advanced work of identifying emerging animal health issues in developing economies provides a high growth potential in the future. Read the rest of this entry »

Bird Flu Strain Becoming More Severe in China

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China reported this week the nation is assessing a new strain of avian influenza, H7N9, which officials report has evolved into a more severe form in birds. Read the rest of this entry »

Bayer CEO Confident Monsanto Deal Will Close by Years’ End

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Bayer AG CEO Werner Baumann says he expects the Bayer-Monsanto deal will close by the end of this year. Bauman says he is confident the planned $57 billion acquisition of Monsanto would overcome any regulatory obstacles and close by the end of the year, despite delays with U.S. and European antitrust authorities, according to a report by Dow Jones. Bauman made the comments during Bayer’s annual earnings conference. Read the rest of this entry »

Canada, Mexico Want All NAFTA Partners at Renegotiation Table

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Senior officials from Canada and Mexico say renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will happen with all nations at the table. The trade agreement between the U.S., Canada and Mexico is being targeted by President Donald Trump for “tweaking.” Read the rest of this entry »

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